MORE DROUGHT SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR CHILDCARE CENTRES IN TAMWORTH REGION
Preschools and Long Day Care services from Tamworth to Tambar Springs, Werris Creek to Walcha, Bendemeer to Barraba, Nundle to Nowendoc and Gunnedah to Gowrie will receive a much-needed funding boost.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said thanks to the Preschool Drought Relief program 37 services will be eligible to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to receive additional drought relief funding.
“This is great news for our preschools and long day care services who are feeling the heavy burden this unprecedented drought is causing.
“To receive the funding, services in the areas identified must submit an expression of interest via the Department of Education website. This is a simple process for services and we encourage them to take up this funding allocation.
“The funding can be used to reduce fees, implement transport initiatives, staff training or student and staff comfort.
“This will ensure our important early childhood services in our region continue to operate, despite the potential drop in enrolments because of the drought.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the funding will help alleviate some of the pressures families are facing in the bush.
“Our country kids must have access to the same services as their city counterparts; times are tough, but as a Government, we must continue to prioritise the support of our regional families.”
From September 2019, community and mobile preschools and long day care services in areas classified as “Intense Drought”, “Drought” and “Drought Affected” can submit their expressions of interest.
Following the expressions of interest, funding will be allocated to services based on their size and level of drought intensity.
Eligible Preschools and Long Day Care Services
Bambini Boutique Childcare
Billabong Kids Central
Centrepoint Child Care Centre
Community Kids Tamworth Early Education Centre
Denison Street Early Learning Centre
Goodstart Early Learning Calala
Goodstart Early Learning Gunnedah
Goodstart Early Learning Tamworth - Brisbane Street
Goodstart Early Learning Tamworth South
Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool
Janelle Street Centre
Kootingal and District Preschool Inc - Kootingal
Manilla Community Pre-School & Occasional Care
Mary Ranken Childcare Centre
Milestones Early Learning (OXV)
Milestones Early Learning Centre
Multitask Long Day Care
Nundle CWA Preschool
NurtureOne Tamworth Children's Centre
Ooranga Mobile Early Childhood Service
Peter Pan Preschool Kindergarten
Poppins Bush School Pty Ltd
St Mark's Preschool & Long Day Care Centre
St Mary's North Tamworth Preschool
St Peter's Preschool Tamworth
Tamworth Montessori Preschool
Tamworth School of Early Learning
Werris Creek And District Preschool
Winanga-Li Early Learning & Care Service
Wirraway Street Early Learning & Kinder